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  • Grade 1 Writing Personal Narrative 1 PN1-1 DRAFT August 2009 PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Personal Narrative 1: Writing Small Moments

    Student Goals for this Unit: 1. Students will write a focused personal narrative that moves through a logical sequence of events

    (beginning, middle, and end). [ELA.1.WRT.2.2, ELA.1.WRT.3.1] 2. Students will incorporate characters, setting, events, and personal reaction (inside

    story). [ELA.1.WRT.3.1] 3. Students will reread their own writing and begin to do simple revising to clarify

    meaning. [ELA.1.WRT.1.3] 4. Students will reread their own writing and do simple editing [ELA.1.WRT.1.4]

    o conventions (spelling-phonetic and high frequency words, punctuation, capitalization, grammar) [ELA.1.WRT.5.1 through ELA.1.WRT.5.7]

    o handwriting (appropriate letter formation, spacing, appropriate use of lowercase letters) [ELA.1.WRT.5.8]

    Description of Project: In first grade the personal narrative genre is referred to as Small Moments (from Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Abby Oxenhorn). The lessons in Personal Narrative 1 have been organized in two parts. Lessons 1-18 are an introduction to small moments and Lessons 19-34 focus on mechanics (conventions). The mechanics lessons can be retaught as needed throughout the year.

    The suggested year-long plan recommends coming back to personal narrative in the spring. The Personal Narrative 2 unit focuses on teaching revision skills.

    Students will revise, edit, and publish a Small Moment piece for each unit. At the end of each unit there is a celebration. You, the teacher, will determine the format of the final product as well as the celebration. Celebrations need not be elaborate, but are a very important part of the writing process.

    The year-long goal for personal narrative writing is to include four main elements: characters, setting, events, and personal reactions. It is not necessary for a personal narrative to a have a problem/solution, but it does generally make for a stronger story. Frequently, a personal narrative relates to a sequence of events.

    NOTE REGARDING WRITING PARTNERSHIPS: We recommend that you create writer partners for students and change them throughout the year. This is a very helpful management tool in addition to being valuable for the students.

    Partnerships can be based on behavior in addition to academic levels. You may want to have students at similar writing levels for the first part (Lessons 1-18) and similar reading levels for the second part (Lessons 19-34). Students have assigned seats in the meeting area. It is helpful to have ELL students seated close to you to enable easier access to them for the Active Engagement component of the lessons.

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: Reteach and adapt the lessons as needed to meet individual needs of your students. Students will not necessarily master the skills and strategies the first time around. Many concepts are revisited throughout the year.

    WE HOPE YOU AND YOUR FIRST GRADERS ENJOY WRITING SMALL MOMENTS!

  • Grade 1 Writing Personal Narrative 1 PN1-2 DRAFT August 2009 PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Personal Narrative 1 Table of Contents

    Unit Introduction................................................................................................PN1-1

    Table of Contents ................................................................................................PN1-2

    Introduction to Small Moments (Lessons 1-18) ........................................PN1-4

    1. Understanding a Small Moment................................................................PN1-5

    2. Discovering One Small Moment.................................................................PN1-7

    Small Moments Chart.................................................................................PN1-9

    3. Adding Words to a Small Moment ...........................................................PN1-11

    4. Brainstorming Ideas .................................................................................PN1-13

    Small Moments Ideas List........................................................................PN1-15

    5. Establishing Writing Partners .................................................................PN1-17

    Partnership Name Tags............................................................................PN1-21

    Partner Sharing Chart .............................................................................PN1-23

    6. Oral Planning and Stretching Across Pages............................................PN1-25

    7. Sketching Instead of Drawing..................................................................PN1-29

    8. Small Moment Checklist ..........................................................................PN1-31

    9. Planning Details .......................................................................................PN1-35

    10. Writing Words in a Snap ..........................................................................PN1-39

    11. Inside vs. Outside Story 1.........................................................................PN1-41

    Small Moment Example ...........................................................................PN1-43

    12. Inside vs. Outside Story 2.........................................................................PN1-45

    Inside Story Chart..................................................................................PN1-49

    13. Portable Word Wall...................................................................................PN1-51

    14. Telling Your Story Across Your Fingers ..................................................PN1-53

    15. Zooming In- Adding Details........................................................................PN1-5

    Zooming In Clip Art ..................................................................................PN1-57

    16. Story Endings............................................................................................PN1-59

    17. Preparing for Publication .........................................................................PN1-63

    Small Moments Checklist.........................................................................PN1-67

    Teacher and Partner Writing Samples ....................................................PN1-69

    18. Celebrating Small Moments.....................................................................PN1-71

    Personal Narrative Mechanics Lessons (19-34) Introduction ...............PN-73

    19. Introduction to Mechanics........................................................................PN1-75

    Student Writing Samples .........................................................................PN1-77

  • Grade 1 Writing Personal Narrative 1 PN1-3 DRAFT August 2009 PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Personal Narrative 1 Table of Contents (continued)

    20. Introduction to Readable Writing ............................................................ PN1-79

    What makes writing easy to read? Chart ............................................. PN1-83

    21. Revisiting Complete Sentences................................................................ PN1-85

    Complete Sentences Template ................................................................. PN1-89

    Sentence Examples................................................................................... PN1-91

    22. Reread and Touch Each Word.................................................................. PN1-93

    23. Reread to Add Carets and Missing Words............................................... PN1-95

    Sample Story............................................................................................. PN1-97

    24. Using Known Words to Spell Other Words ............................................. PN1-99

    25. Reread to Add More Letters ................................................................... PN1-101

    Student Writing Samples....................................................................... PN1-103

    26. Checking the Content of Small Moment Stories ................................... PN1-105

    27. Why Do We Use Punctuation? ............................................................... PN1-107

    Sample Text for Student Use ................................................................. PN1-111

    28. Editing My Writing ................................................................................ PN1-113

    Sample Text for Modeling ...................................................................... PN1-115

    29. Capitalizing Proper Nouns: Names and Places..................................... PN1-117

    Sample Text ............................................................................................ PN1-119

    30. Using Periods.......................................................................................... PN1-121

    Stop Sign Pattern ................................................................................... PN1-123

    31. Question Marks ...................................................................................... PN1-125

    32. Exclamation Points................................................................................. PN1-127

    33. Using a Revising and Editing Checklist................................................ PN1-129

    34. Celebrating as Authors........................................................................... PN1-131

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